- Paperback: 345 pages
- Publisher: Struik Christian Books (1 Jan. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764225286
- ISBN-13: 978-0764225284
- Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.5 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,902,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Second Opinion (Healing Touch) Paperback – 1 Jan 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
Widower Dr. Grant Sheldon has moved to Dogwood Springs in the hopes that the small town will be a place for him and his children to heal, and so that he won't be exposed to the high rush of ER medicine of the big city.
Only, it's not working out quite like that. It seems there is a drug ring targeting the teenagers of the town, who are staying one step ahead of the authorities.
Also, there seems to be a mysterious "flu" type virus travelling the town with a lethal tendency. It becomes a race against time to figure out what's going on and to stop the epidemic. Especially when it seems like one of his nurses might be succumbing to the illness...a nurse with a big heart for her patients, and who has opened his heart to love again.
If you enjoy ER dramas and small town settings, then I highly recommend "Second Opinion". I was drawn into this story from the start and enjoyed the twists and turns in the lives of the ER staff, and also the wider community. There are a few ends that still need tying up, so I'm looking forward to getting "Necessary Measures" - #2 in the Healing Touch Series & seeing what happens next!
A great start to the Healing Touch Series - a winning dramatic and faith filled ER story from Hannah Alexander.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
Main characters Grant Sheldon, the new ER Director is a believer who has lost his way and Lauren, a seasoned ER nurse a firm believer.
Archer, is the young single Baptist pastor who starts volunteering as the Hospital Chaplain.
It's exciting how they use God's love and forgiveness to bring healing to a small town.
This was an easy read and made me feel right at home in the ER. Reminds me of all my days in ER.
I loved this book.
Doctor, Grant Sheldon, has newly accepted a job at the hospital as ER Director and is looking forward to a more peaceful life. But what he assumed would be a slower ER was packed full of sick people. There is some sickness hitting the citizens and it's up to him to figure out what. Meanwhile, Grant is the father of motherless twins. His wife was killed in a car accident two years ago and they are trying to adjust to their new life.
There is another strong character in this book - the preacher at the baptist church - who is still in love with his ex-fiancee. He takes on a job as chaplain at the hospital. He has issues of his own to deal with.
The authors tack in a few mystery cases that have to be figured out to make a wonderful story - one that's very hard to walk away from until you get to the end. I have been very impressed with several of the books, and this did not disappoint!
When I review a book, I normally try to focus on the main story and give a brief summary. With this book, there was so much going on that I don't even know where to start. I was reading about numerous story lines at the same time, and I never was able to settle into one very long before being thrown into another one. I think the main story was supposed to be a mysterious illness, but it wasn't really the focus until the last 20% of the book. In the meantime, I was reading about:
*Grant - The new doctor's adjustments to living in town with his teenage twins
*Lauren - A nurse and her desire for a relationship, fixing other people
*Archer - A minister's struggles to balance his life
*Gina - A woman's mysterious illness
*Evan - A teenager who mistakenly took drugs, uncovering a lead in the drug problem in town
*And every once in a while there are hints of a mysterious epidemic
I think the potential was there for this to be a good story, but there was just too much going on. The resolution at the end is somewhat disappointing since the "relationship" between Grant and Lauren is left as something of a cliffhanger and apparently gets explored more in the second and third books. The other story lines in this book seemed rushed to resolution and the drug problem doesn't get resolved at all, making me think it's more of a continuous series.
Overall, the end of the book was probably my favorite part.
Best bits: Lots of unique, convincing, relatable characters. Well done. Many characters struggle to understand why God is allowing things to happen in their lives that they don't want. They feel out of control/alone/angry, and hesitate to trust God as a result. In the final climactic moments, Grant, Lauren, Gina, and Jessica all make a decision to trust God in their various circumstances. Few, if any, typos. A LOT of POVs that we switch between. It's a bit confusing at the very beginning, but once we are familiar with all the characters, the transitions are smooth and effective.
Issues: Drug use is part of the story, but clearly undesirable and illegal. Pregnancy out of wedlock is hinted at, and the (false) gossip game is strong. Semi-cliffhanger ending: the medical mysteries are solved, as is the romance between Archer and Jessica, but we only get a tiny hint of what might happen to Lauren and Grant. Not a terrible ending, just mildly unsatisfying.
Dr. Grant Sheldon and Nurse Lauren McCaffrey are two very impressive characters. You just feel like they are real people and that they can be trusted.
Grant lost his wife two years ago and he hasn’t talked to God since then. He has teenaged twins who are so very opposite of each other, but love each other dearly.
Lauren has a fantastic parents and siblings, who are all married. Lauren feels like she is in a trap, everyone fixing her up with eligible men. So she decides to move to a different town to get on with her own life and leave the matchmaking behind.
Put all of that together with a mysterious epidemic going around. people dying, drug lords and you have a novel worth reading.
Highly recommended. Love this book.
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